first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Change tack on rental sector or face severe shortages, landlords warn Boris and Jeremy previous nextHousing MarketChange tack on rental sector or face severe shortages, landlords warn Boris and JeremyThe RLA says unless the government’s key private rental sector policies are reversed or watered down, tenants will face reduced choice and higher rents.Sheila Manchester5th July 20191 Comment1,924 Views The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has claimed that the government’s private rental sector policies are reducing the number of properties available in the market, squeezing choice and forcing up rents.And David Smith, its Policy Director, has called on both prime ministerial candidates, whoever wins, to radically change policy tack, or see the situation grow worse for tenants.The RLA has set out its own ‘manifesto’ calling on both Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt to reverse the current government’s tax clampdown on the sector, sort out the confusion over its evictions reform and give councils more money to root out criminal landlords.Smith also once more attacked ‘all forms’ of rent controls, which it says serve only to dry up the supply of homes to rent, reduce choice for tenants and thereby increase rents overall.Tight-lippedSo far Boris Johnson has kept tight lipped about the private rental sector, whereas Jeremy Hunt this week promised to create 1.5 million new homes within the PRS over the next ten years.But this is offset by the government’s own data, which reveals that  ten per cent of landlords – representing 18 per cent of all tenancies in the sector – plan to reduce the number of properties they let.Also, five per cent of them plan to leave the sector altogether and recent RLA research suggests that 46 per cent of landlords plan to sell some or all of their properties.“We need a raft of changes that will encourage more investment in high standard homes rather than efforts to scapegoat landlords for failures by successive governments to build enough homes,” says David Smith.Read more about landlords. Jeremy hunt Boris Johnson July 5, 2019Nigel LewisOne commentJulian Blackmore, BNE BNE 5th July 2019 at 9:50 amWell this was obvious to everyone except the socialist panderers… most landlords provide a good honest service and get treated like the government has declared war on them. Backfire, en-route.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img

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